What is NORSI?

NORSI is the national research school for PhD students in Norway and Circle, Sweden within in the field of innovation. NORSI is a research school for doctoral students within innovation studies who enroll to take academic courses offered by NORSI and its partner institutions in innovation studies. NORSI is also an active network in the innovation research community.

Flexible Program: The NORSI program commenced fall 2012. Doctoral students enroll to take courses as an integral part of their doctoral studies either from the beginning of their studies or later in their doctoral research. NORSI is a flexible and complimentary doctoral program developed to fit students’ individual research progress and course requirements at their “home” institutions. NORSI is available to PhD students accepted to an innovation-oriented PhD program at any of the NORSI institutions and other Norwegian PhD granting institutions.

Doctoral Courses with Innovation as Specialization: The NORSI course portfolio covers innovation research ranging from a management and firm perspective to a broader systems approach, and seeks to understand the process of innovation and its relation to economic growth by specializing in innovation systems, policies, globalization of innovation, entrepreneurship, social changes of innovation, and sustainability transitions.

Who are members of NORSI? NORSI has 125 highly qualified and motivated enrolled PhD students who have applied to become members of NORSI to take world-class courses within innovation and acquire research skills.

Partner Institutions and Network: NORSI is a networked based research school that consist of 11 partner institutions: BI Norwegian Business School (BI), Centre for innovation, research and competence in the learning economy, Lund university (CIRCLE), Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN), Norwegian school of economics (NHH), Nord University (Nord), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), University of Agder(UiA), University of Oslo- Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (UiO-TIK), University of Stavanger (UiS), UiT-Arctic University and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL). NORSI has a Management Team and a Board of Directors where all partner institutions are represented.

Renowned Course Faculty: The teaching faculty are all leading scholars and professors within the innovation field both nationally and internationally. They contribute internationally to innovation studies by publishing in, and serving on editorial boards of leading research journals and are all employed by leading academic institutions within the innovation field.

Course Faculty includes (among others): Mats Alvesson, Lund University (CIRCLE); Martin Andersson, Lund University (CIRCLE); Gry Agnete Alsos, Nord Uni.; Bjørn T. Asheim, University of Stavanger; Heidi Wiig, BI Norwegian Business School; Pierre-Alexandre Balland, University of Utrecht; Ron Boschma, University of Utrecht; Sara Carter, Strathclyde University, Scotland; Fulvio Castellacci, University of Oslo – TIC; Tommy Høyvarde Clausen, Nord Uni.; Lars Coenen, Lund University (CIRCLE); Åsa Lindholm Dahlstrand, Lund University (CIRCLE); Andrew Davies, University College London; Charles Edquist, Lund University (CIRCLE); Olof Ejermo, Lund University (CIRCLE); Jan Fagerberg, University of Oslo -TIC; Rune Dahl Fitjar,University of Stavanger; Lene Foss,University of the Arctic – UiT; Nicolai J.Foss, Bacconi Uni.; Christoph Grimpe,Copenhagen Business School; Magnus Gulbrandsen, University of Oslo – TIC; Sverre Herstad, Lillehammer University College; Håkan Håkansson, BI Norwegian Business School; Arne Isaksen, University of Agder; Espen John Isaksen, Nord Uni.,Trine Kvidal,University of Tromsø; Hans Landstrøm, Lund University (CIRCLE); Keld Laursen, Copenhagen Business School; William Lazonick,University of Massachusetts; Ed Lorenz,University of Nice -Sophia Antipolis; Bengt-Åke Lundvall, Aalborg University;Ben Martin, University of Sussex, UK; Jerker Moodysson, Lund University (CIRCLE); Andrea Morrison,University of Utrecht; David Mowery,Haas School of Business, University of California – Berkely;Rajneesh Narula, University of Reading; Walter W. Powell, Stanford University; Andres Rodriguez-Pose,London School of Economics; Martin Rønningen, Lillehammer University College; Torben Schubert,Lund University (CIRCLE); Keith Smith, Imperial College Business School,UK; Knut Sogner,BI Norwegian Business School; Olav Spilling, NIFU; Jonas Söderlund, BI Norwegian Business School; Roger Sørheim, NTNU; Bart Verspagen,UNU-MERIT; Paul Westhead,Durham University,UK; and Johan Wiklund, Syracuse University.

Organization: NORSI is hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and administered by BI Norwegian Business School. The Research Council of Norway, through their FORINNPOL program funds NORSI.

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What does NORSI give our member students?

  • High-quality academic courses in innovation research
  • A flexible program intended to strengthen your knowledge of innovation-based research
  • The opportunity to complete more than 50 ECTS as part of NORSI
  • An opportunity to be an integral part of a research network focused on innovation
  • Lectures by leading international scholars in innovation
  • Timely information about NORSI courses and research
  • The opportunity to develop a strong network among other NORSI students and meet NORSI faculty



How to apply

NORSI has continuous enrollment. To enroll send in a formal application containing your CV, acceptance letter to a degree granting institution and a letter of interest specifying how a membership in NORSI will benefit your research education.

Send it to the Roger Sørheim and Birte M. Horn-Hanssen. Information below.

Contact Us

The NORSI office and staff are located at the BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo.

NORSI Management Director
Roger Sørheim
Professor NTNU
Email: roger.sorheim@iot.ntnu.no

NORSI Project Coordinator
Birte M. Horn-Hanssen
Email: Birte.M.Horn-Hanssen@bi.no
Phone: + 47- 464 10 876


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